Deck the Halls with Facts and Knowledge: Wolfram Alpha Launches Holiday Competition with Cool Prizes
Article by George Norman
On 02 Dec 2010
The development team behind Wolfram Alpha, the computational knowledge engine developed by British-born physicist and Mathematica creator Stephen Wolfram, has announced the launch of an interesting holiday competition. Called the Wolfram|Alpha Deck the Halls with Facts and Knowledge Holiday Gift-Away, this competition gives you the chance to win the following;

Grand prize – Mathematica Professional, a piece of software valued at $2495.
Second prize – an iPad valued at $499.
Runner up prizes – Wolfram Alpha iPhone/iPod/iPad/Android apps, Wolfram Alpha t-shirts, and Wolfram Alpha laptop skins, $50 Wolfram Store credits.


The competition goes something like this: you have to submit a fun fact to Wolfram Alpha. A fun fact, as the Wolfram Alpha team explained, is a “unique Wolfram|Alpha result that has some cultural or scientific significance, one which you’ve likely never stumbled upon anywhere else on the web.” Here’s an example of a fun fact: riding a sleigh around the Earth in a single day would require the sleigh to travel at 1,037 miles per hour.

The first 500 people to submit a fun fact automatically win a paper Spikey sculpture kit (they’ll also get Wolfram Alpha t-shirts if they are available). You can use the sculpture kit to create your own Spikey, then take a fun photo of you and Spikey and upload it to a Wolfram Alpha photo galley. On December 15, the photo gallery will open and vote begins.

“Ask your friends and social networks to vote for your entry every day from December 15, 2010 to January 3, 2011. (Be sure to let them know they can win Wolfram|Alpha T-shirts just for voting!) The 25 entries with the highest vote totals can win a copy of Mathematica Professional (valued at $2495), an iPad (valued at $499), Wolfram mobile apps, T-shirts, laptop skins, and other gifts. And because the contest is limited to the first 500 people, your chance of winning is shiny and bright!” announced the Wolfram Alpha team.

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